You have come to God

27 Aug

Wherever you are in the world it can be scary. This might come from the horror of eventual climate change (or should it be deterioration?). You might worry about long-term human survival – the survival of our planet’s human and animal life. More immediate in a your awareness might be the issue of human migration (immigration from our point of view), or more particularly population expansion and aging. It can be a very bleak and disheartening prospect.

But for those who have a faith in a god who oversees the whole universe, it should be different. We should have a belief in the overall and eventual fulfilment of all for good. The reason we might not see it this way is because it is present just now only in process – in the end all will be well. Now the object and ideas of our faith are not a puzzle but a mystery, for they are God’s doing. A mystery is overwhelming and inexpressible, yet we are all creatures trying to express ourselves, especially with the wonders we encounter in life. It is hard to express fully in words the joy of a new birth in the family, the attractiveness of those we love, the beauty that we experience in nature etc.

The passage from the writer of Hebrews that is read on the 22nd Sunday in cycle C of the Catholic liturgy, uses the naming of the ideal city of God (Mount Zion and the heavenly Jerusalem) to name the mystery that he sees in the world with his faith, and he wants his readers to see this too despite the difficulties they have in life. With faith he says “you have come to God Himself.”

Other people can also see something of the mystery of the universe and express it differently, even if they profess no faith. Einstein wrote “The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious.” Read it for yourself her on the internet paragraph 14.

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